Young Event Horse East Coast Championship

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— USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships

— USEA’s Young Event Horse Page


West Coast Championships:
East Coast Championships at Fair Hill International (Elkton, MD) | October 17-18, 2019


Location and Timing:

•The Conformation & Type and Dressage sections will be held on Thursday October 17 in the William DuPont  Jr. Arena.  See the Schedule for details on timing
•The Jumping Test/Gallop and General Impression section will be held on Friday October 18 in the Saw Mill Field.


The USEA Young Event Horse Series (YEH) is best described as an eventing talent search. The goal is to identify young horses that possesses the talent and disposition that, with proper training, can excel in the uppermost levels of eventing. While the ultimate aim is to identify the future four-star horses, many fine event horses who will excel at the lower levels will also be showcased.

The Series gives owners and breeders the opportunity to demonstrate the potential of their 4- and 5-year-old horses while encouraging the breeding and development of top-level event horses for the future. Classes focus on education and preparation of the event horse in a correct and progressive manner. At qualifying events, youngsters are asked to complete a dressage test and a jumping/galloping/general impression phase. At Championships, youngsters are asked to complete a dressage test, a conformation test, and a jumping/galloping/general impression phase.

Horses participating in the Young Event Horse Championships have earned the right to be here by garnering qualifying scores throughout the year at Young Event Horse Classes. These Young Event Horse Championships are made up of the best four-and five-year-olds in the country.


Dressage and conformation will be scored on a 1-10 mark basis, as well for the gallop and general impression sections.

1 = very bad
2 =bad
3= fairly bad
4= insufficient
5 = marginal
6= satisfactory
7= fairly good
8= good
9= very good
10 = excellent

For the jumping phase, horses will be scored 0.0-3.0 with 0.5 decimal points allowed. Each individual fence will receive a score with the following system:

0 – Refusal

1 – Should be better/knocked down fence

2 – Acceptable

3 – Very good/excellent

For the YEH Championship classes, scoring of each section will count as follows:

Conformation and Type:  10%

Dressage Test:  20%

Jumping Test/Gallop:  70%

Conformation and Type

Each horse is stripped of tack and shown in hand to the judge. Handlers are to stand their horse up for inspection by the judge who will assess conformation and type. The horse is judged on potential for soundness, speed and stamina. Handlers will be asked to walk and trot them in a straight line for soundness and correctness. Color, size and gender should not be a factor in a horse’s score.


The dressage section, unlike a normal dressage test, marks overall collective impression (not by each individual movement). Three correct, elastic and regular gaits through a swinging back are the qualities that judges seek.

The Four-Year-Old Dressage test can be found here.

The Five-Year-Old Dressage test can be found here.

Jumping Test/Gallop and General Impression

The jumping phase should incorporate a small course of five show jumping fences immediately followed by ten cross-country jumps. This model allows for a smooth transition from a show jumping pace to the more forward cross-country pace. The fence parameters at the qualifying competitions may be up to 2’11” (Novice specifications) for the four-year-old classes and up to 3’3″ (Training specifications) for the five-year-old classes. The heights should build throughout the year, and at Championships, the four-year-olds will have up to four Training Level questions and heights, with the five-year-olds having up to four Preliminary questions and heights.  An event horse must be able to jump a bank, ditch, water, or solid fence. All events must incorporate at least one of these obstacles in their jumping section. The obstacles should be straight forward, inviting, and age-appropriate for the youngsters. Please note that schooling through the water obstacle prior to competition is encouraged. If possible, the last fence should encourage a horse to gallop and jump out of stride (an ascending fence with a round profile, a good ground line, and preferably with brush). This should be followed by a galloping stretch of at least 100 meters.

Four-year-old Championships – 30 percent of the jumps will be at the maximum height of 3’3” to mirror the specifications for the Training level.

Five-year-old Championships – 30 percent of the jumps will be at the maximum height of 3’7” to mirror the specifications for the Preliminary level

The full Jumping Standards can be found here.

2018 Results

2017 Results

2016 Results

YEH Jump map



Bruce Davidson YEH-5